What are Prime Cost and Provisional Sum items?

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Hi, Matt from Ask Builders. In a building contract, what are Prime Cost and Provisional Sum items? With construction contracts, two items have the biggest cost implications. These items are ‘Prime Cost’ and ‘Provisional Sum’ items. By definition under Australian construction law, Prime Cost is reserved for costs of fixtures. The reason for the use […]

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What causes mold to grow on ceilings and walls?

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Hi, Matt from Ask Builders. Another great question was raised today, what causes mold to grow on walls and ceilings? The short answer is moisture, whether it’s from a leaking pipe or moisture in the air. Add a dark room with minimal natural light and ventilation, and you have the perfect conditions for mold to […]

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How much can you notch out of timber framing?

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Hi, Matt from Ask Builders. How much can you notch out of timber framing? Thank you, Stacey, what a great question. There are generally two types of timber framing that we need to consider when answering your question. The first type of timber framing is engineered timber products (items like I-beams / joists, plywood beams […]

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